Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Samsung NX100

1. Rear Dial: This dial and the button in its center allow you to set a number of camera functions quickly and easily. 2. Handy Mode Dial: Rotate this to directly activate program AE, shutter- or aperture-priority AE, manual mode and more. 3. Smart Shoe: Rotate this to directly activate program AE, shutter- or aperture-priority AE, manual mode and more.

Samsung NX100

(with 20-50mm zoom)

STYLISH DESIGN: Inspired by “the simple shape of dew forming on a leaf,” the NX100 has a unique and attractive appearance, and feels good in the hand.

HD VIDEO: Like the NX10, the NX100 can do 1280x720p HD video, plus 640x480 SD and 320x240 clips, all at 30 fps. A built-in microphone provides mono sound. Videos are recorded using the MP4 (H.264) format.

APS-C SENSOR: Despite its tiny size, the NX100 contains an APS-C-format image sensor that delivers true DSLR image quality. The 14.2-megapixel Samsung CMOS sensor delivers images up to 4592x3056 pixels and ISOs from 100-3200, expandable to 6400.

AMOLED MONITOR: Like the NX10, the NX100 features a fixed, 3.0-inch, VGA AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) monitor that has a much faster refresh rate and higher contrast than conventional LCD monitors, uses less power and provides easy viewing in all light.
Samsung was the first to put an APS-C-format image sensor in a truly compact interchangeable-lens camera. That NX10 model got its diminutive dimensions largely by doing away with the SLR’s bulky (and costly) mirror box, focusing screen and pentaprism finder, replacing them with a built-in eye-level electronic viewfinder to complement the external LCD monitor. The result was a camera that looked and operated like a miniature DSLR. Now Samsung delivers the same sensor in an even smaller, compact-camera-style body, producing the NX100 by dropping the built-in EVF and pop-up flash in favor of a compact package (although Samsung offers an accessory shoe-mount flash unit and a shoe-mount electronic viewfinder for the NX100, for those who desire them.)

A Smart Filter feature allows you to apply seven special effects to still images, and the Sound Picture feature lets you record up to 20 seconds of sound with a still image. A dust-reduction feature keeps the image sensor assembly (and your photos) free of dust spots.

Like the NX10, the NX100 features Samsung’s NX lens mount. Currently, Samsung offers five lenses for the cameras, including the new 20-50mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 zoom and 20mm ƒ/2.8 “pancake” lenses introduced with the NX100, with a 60mm macro lens and an 18-200mm superzoom on the way. Third-party adapters are available to mount popular SLR lenses on the NX10 and NX100.

STANDOUT FEATURE: The NX100 features i-Function control—pressing the Fn button on the lens allows you to use the focusing ring to set shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, white balance and ISO quickly and easily.
VERDICT: The NX100 provides the NX10’s big sensor in an even smaller package and adds i-Function. It should be a winner.

Samsung NX10
If you prefer the DSLR-style form factor, the NX10 offers the same sensor and AMOLED monitor, and takes the same lenses. It has a built-in EVF and pop-up flash, and with a firmware upgrade, can use the new i-Function. List Price: $699 (with 18-55mm zoom).


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